Outer Space is the final frontier of our civilization as we know it. So why not spend a night, or 12, in a luxury hotel while you’re effortlessly floating around in zero gravity?
Witness multiple sunrises in a day and gaze in awe at our blue planet from afar, and I mean really far away. By 2022, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to do this aboard Aurora Station for $9.5 million dollars per person, which if you think about it, may not be a price that’s out of this world.
The world’s first in-orbit space hotel, Aurora Station, was developed by the US-based space start-up Orion Span and is a complete modular space station that will house two space-crew members and host six travelers at a time for rare space travel tours. Aurora will welcome its first space-guests in 2022, with the highly anticipated station’s launch set for 2021.
Aurora is 12 feet wide and 35 feet long, the size of a large private jet. The hotel will be fitted with customizable private sleeping pods, the highest quality space food and all the luxurious design details you would expect of a lavish hotel. The structure will be soaring 200 miles above the surface of the Earth, in Low Earth Orbit.
As a hotel guest you will be able to freely float and experience Earth’s northern and southern aurora, all at zero gravity during your 12-day adventure. The hotel fantastically orbits Earth every 90 minutes, giving the guests an asteroids-eye view of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.
Don’t worry; they’re not just going to throw you out there. Aurora Station hotel guests will need to complete a three-month Orion Span Astronaut Certification program before take-off.
The rigorous process of preparing guests for space travel in just three months instead of the customary 24 month-long regimen is now streamlined and cost-effective.
The first phase of the certification program is done online, while phase two is completed in-person at the Orion Span facility in Houston, Texas. The final certification phase is completed during your traveler’s stay on Aurora Station. With its expert training course, Orion Span is striving to offer a once-in-a-lifetime authentic astronaut experience.
As one of the four “astronaut-lite” guests on Aurora, you’ll sleep in sleeping bags attached to the super-space structure and eat chef inspired freeze-dried food. Your space-hotel activities on board will include taking part in research experiments such as growing food while in orbit, and zero-gravity ping pong, complete with equipment that floats. There will also be live video chat availability, so hotel guests can talk and see the expression on the faces of their less-fortunate loved ones back home.
Though civilian space travel is in its early stages of advancement, the consensus among many in the science community realize that space tourism is an inevitable, trending upward experience for mankind.
Aurora Station is piloting in a new era of space travel and setting the bar as high as the stars. Welcome to Aurora Station, have a pleasant stay.